It is 20 years since the Embraer E-Jet’s first flight. Bernie Baldwin discovers what getting the aircraft aloft felt like and learns more about the family’s importance to air transport
Tuesday February 19, 2002 was the date. São José dos Campos, Brazil, was the place. The first Embraer E-Jet – an E170 – took to the air and a new era (arguably) of air transport really got under way.